Smog delays flights in China A star is twinkling above a pedestrian wearing a mask silhouetted against the city skyline shrouded in heavy smog in Beijing Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. Beijing and other cities across northern and central China were shrouded in thick smog Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, prompting authorities to delay dozens of flights and close highways. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Smog delays flights in China
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Beijing and other cities across northern and central China recently have been shrouded in smog. This has prompted authorities to delay dozens of flights. Some highways also have been closed.
 
The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau extended an "orange alert" Jan. 2. The bureau predicted heavy air pollution for three more days. Beijing's smog had initially been forecast to lift by then.
 
The "orange alert" is the third level. That precedes a "red alert" in China's four-tiered warning system. On Jan. 1, 25 cities in China issued "red alerts" for smog. The alerts trigger orders to close factories, schools and construction sites.
 
Air pollution readings in northern Chinese cities were many times above the World Health Organization-designated safe level. That number is 25 micrograms per cubic meter of PM 2.5. Those are the tiny, toxic particles that damage lung tissue. The readings exceeded 400 on Jan. 2 in several cities. These were in the northern province of Hebei.
 
Expressways in Shijiazhuang, Hebei's capital, and more than a half-dozen other cities there were temporarily closed.
 
In the central city of Zhengzhou, authorities ordered students to stay home Jan. 3. The smog was too bad.
 
More than 300 flights out of the northern city of Tianjin were canceled Jan. 1. This was due to poor visibility.
 
Authorities have deployed teams of inspectors. They are checking on polluting factories, reports said.
 
China has long faced some of the worst air pollution in the world. The smog is blamed on the country's reliance of coal. It is used for energy and factory production. In addition, the country has a surplus of older, less efficient cars.
 
Researchers at Germany's Max Planck institute have estimated that smog has led to 1.4 million premature deaths per year in China. The nonprofit group Berkeley Earth in California uses a higher figure. It says 1.6 million.

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COMMENTS (18)
  • daniela1-mil
    1/10/2017 - 03:57 p.m.

    China needs to stop using and producing coal because you can't even exercise there without having asthma.

  • dominich-mil
    1/10/2017 - 03:58 p.m.

    because china has a lot of pollution problems and they make a lot of things for america and other countrys. plus more factorys and more humans being's at close proximity

  • biancar-mil
    1/10/2017 - 04:02 p.m.

    This story was really interesting, and I think it shows us how everyone needs to take caution with smog

  • lizethb-goa
    1/11/2017 - 09:27 a.m.

    Smog is a bigger issue in China than the U.S because the city skyline is more than the U.S.A. According to the text "Smog delays flights in china" it said that"the city skyline shrouded in heavy smog in Beijing Monday, Jan. 2, 2017". I remember when we had smoke all over and some people got sick and people had to put a mask so they cant smell anything.

  • adamaris-goa
    1/11/2017 - 09:34 a.m.

    Air pollution readings in northern chinese cities were many times above the world health organization-designated safe level.The readings exceeded 400 on Jan.2 in several cities.Those are the tiny,toxic particles that damage lung tissue.The bureau predicted heavy air pollution for three more days.

  • numaira-bur
    1/11/2017 - 12:52 p.m.

    One reason the smog is more important in china than the US is because china has a bigger population than the US. So air flights will be canceled so many people wound be able to go out of the country. They wouldn't even be able to get outside to go to their jobs!

  • williamm-der
    1/11/2017 - 01:07 p.m.

    I think smog is a bigger issue in China than in the U.S. because if the 'smog' problem is coming from coal factories, and China desperately relies on coal, then its just going to get worse. The text states on Paragraph 9, the text states," The smog is blamed on the country's reliance of coal." If this is true, the smog might spread to neighboring countries and so on.

  • eddien1-lin
    1/13/2017 - 02:27 p.m.

    Smog is a bigger issue in China that U.S.A because China has more people living there that U.S.A. (1,393,783,836 population in China - 322,762,018 population in U.S.A.) More people means more cars on road. Also, the country has a surplus of older, less efficient cars. Everything at China all looks old and rusty. More people also means more coal factories. I've been to China just last last week. I couldn't see anything 200 meters away. It was like a whole avalanche of fog and toxic particles. Usually, if you live in China with smog, every house has to build a filtering system to catch the toxic particles from going in your room. After a few weeks, once you go to change the filtering system, the one already in is COVERED IN BLACK!!! Sooner or later when the smog gets over 1000, the people who live in China would have to evacuate. China (especially people who work at coal factories) will have to do something to stop the smog immediately. Smog only happens in the winter. In the summer, it is just burning hot. From past experience, I had to eat 10 Popsicle every day for 5 days in the row. It was BURNING HOT!!!

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